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September 29, 2014

Faculty program teaches multicultural skills

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Join Mary Lewis, instructor in Psychology, for the next Faculty Enrichment and Onboarding Program: “Speed Diversity Dialogue®: A Multicultural Excellence Workshop.” The session will be held Friday, October 24, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Because of Columbus State’s high level of diversity, increasing empathy, understanding and cultural sensitivity skills is crucial and requires knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes that allow effective and sensitive engagement with others.

Speed Diversity Dialogue® is a training tool that removes barriers to student success. It increases awareness of diversity, empathy, social inclusion, value of ethnic and cultural differences, cultural sensitivity and skills in college faculty, staff, and students.  Participants will find common ground, connectedness and appreciation for each other’s experiences and differences. They will enhance their understanding and empathy toward diverse populations, learn the roles of allies, and become an agent of change.

Please register in advance. Contact Mary Lewis or Rich James for more information.


Mental Health and Wellness Fair is Oct. 8

Join Counseling Services and the Wellness Initiative at the 2nd Annual Mental Health and Wellness Fair, Wednesday, October 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lounges.

Student Engagement and Leadership and College Recreation and Wellness programs will join the event to present an interactive fair that features a “Relax and Learn” series including art therapy, chair yoga, therapeutic laughter, smoking cessation, Zumba and more. More than 40 community agencies and campus departments will share resources available for both students and employees. For questions, please contact Tracy Thornton at ext.2818. Additional information is posted on the Counseling Services events page.


Halloween event scheduled for October 30

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Have you ever lived in a haunted house? Have you been attacked by a shark or hunted down by a killer robot from the future?  Have you seen a UFO, a Yeti or Bigfoot?

If you've got a story and want to tell it to a live audience, we've got an event just for you! The Communications Theatre Department is looking for scary, funny, weird, or strange-but-true stories from Columbus State students, staff and faculty. They'll be presented for the college’s first-ever Weird Tale Thursday to celebrate Halloween!

An hour of live performances has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, in Nestor Auditorium. Stories should be just a few minutes long, drawn from personal experience, and appropriate for all audiences. If you’d like, we’ll even schedule time for you to rehearse your story ahead of time in the Communication Center lab.

 Got a story you want to tell? Email  with a brief description and summary of it (25-50 words). The deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. October 13.

And in the spirit of the season, you can read Columbus State’s original “ghost story,” written in 1998 from employee interviews, online here! 





Missed Friday’s issue? Read more here:

Day of Service sees 900+ volunteers working throughout Central Ohio
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Day of Service, Columbus State made the event an annual service project. Read more/see video.

Title III transitions to SASS
Columbus State’s Title III grant funds will end September 30 but the good work done through that grant will expand and continue in the new Office of Student Academic Support Services (SASS). Columbus State is fortunate to have been able to retain our excellent team. Read more

News and a name change for Testing and Talent Assessment
The Testing and Talent Assessment Center has changed its name to reflect what type of services it offers. The new name is Community and Professional Testing. The office is still located in WD 223. Read more

OrgSync launched Sept. 24
OrgSync is a web-based platform that helps students join departments, programs and resources, as well as keep track of their co-curricular activities. Read more

Transfer visits and advising now on Google calendar
Because the schedule of the more than 40 four-year institutions visiting Columbus State changes on a daily basis, the Transfer Center has now placed a Master Calendar for University Visits and Transfer Advising online in a Google Calendar. Read more



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Bookstore and Testing Center partner to provide supplies

The Columbus State Bookstore and College Testing Services have developed a new partnership to improve student service by offering basic testing materials to students in the Testing Center. 

Using a credit card, students can purchase a basic calculator, a graphing calculator, AAA batteries, pens and pencils in the Testing Center in Aquinas Hall 002. This allows students to quickly access items they need for their test, rather than sending them across campus to the Bookstore. More than 30 calculators were sold in the first week of the new program!

SafeZone workshop offered Oct. 3 in Delaware

logoThe Department of Global Diversity and Inclusion will offer a “SafeZone 101” workshop Friday, October 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the Delaware Campus, Moeller Hall 112.

SafeZone 101 is the starting point for learning about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) community and developing safe spaces for students and employees at Columbus State. The training includes information sharing, reflective exercises, and interactive activities to help participants become more informed and effective allies. If you are interested, please register here.







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